The following is an excerpt from Allison Barrie | October 27, 2015 | Foxnews.com |
If a missile slips past a ship’s defenses, then rapid-fire gun system Phalanx destroys the threat before it can strike - this is the “last-chance” defense system for military vessels.
The U.S. Navy is acquiring $159.9 million dollars more of Raytheon’s Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS). The latest contract covers Phalanx manufacturing, inspection and testing. In 2013 the Navy awarded Raytheon a $136.2 million contract to remanufacture, overhaul and upgrade 19 Phalanx Systems and four SeaRAM anti-ship Missile Defense Systems.
Phalanx’s 20 mm gun system automatically tracks and destroys enemy threats with computer-controlled radar. Phalanx provides close-in defense against air, land and sea threats.
This weapons system can take on a range of threats from anti-ship missiles to fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. At sea, Phalanx can also defeat fast-travelling surface craft.
The U.S. Army uses the land-based Phalanx as part of its systems to counter rockets, artillery and mortars. Before a threat can hit a ground target, Phalanx detects and destroys incoming rounds in the air.
If there is an attack, the technology also provides early warning.
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